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Staff Pick

Montsant, Joan d'Anguera "Altaroses" - 2015

Item # 29172 750mL
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Tasting Notes

This is a powerful and vibrant Monsant from the Joan d'Anguera estate. It shows beautiful fruit freshness with vanilla, dried fruits, and herbs opening up on the palate. Great depth of flavor with juicy orange and pithy acidity. Enjoy this wine with pork belly fried rice or paella.


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Staff Pick Notes

Located inside the Priorat region, the Montsant Appellation follow the Priorat style of winemaking, but not for the Joan D'anguera winery. When two brothers Josep and Joan took over the family business in 2000, they changed the heavy, muscular wine style for a more moderate, elegant and delicate. The 2015 Altaroses is from Biodynamic certified grenache, the wine is aged for one year in old barrel (5-6 years old barrels), a little sulfite is used during aging and at bottling. At first it feels big but wait 20 minutes, the nose is clean and rich, medium tannin, same for acidity with integrated oak.

- MB

Astor's Glossary of Terms

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